October 2020 - Celebrating Black History Month
As part of Black History month, each class has had the opportunity to recognise the outstanding contributions people of African and Caribbean descent have made over many generations. Here are some of the things they learned.
Swifts and Skylarks at Pulloxhill
Swifts and Skylarks found out about the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela. They also looked at some fact files about other famous black men and women including Mary Seacole and Barack Obama. They linked this to their work in PSHE about celebrating people’s similarities and differences. Their homework for half term is to find out about and create a fact file about Rosa Parks.
Kestrels and Kites at Pulloxhill
Kestrels and Kites carried out research on influential black people including comedians, MPs, sports personalities and musicians. They then produced their own fact files about what they found and how they have made a difference to others. Their work will be displayed in the computer room.
Robins at Greenfield
Robins listened to the story of Rosa Parks. They reflected on their previous learning to help them remember that everybody is different.
Owls at Greenfield
The Owls could not believe that there had to be two lines of people waiting for a bus, one for black people and one for white people. The children wholeheartedly understood and respected the commendable bravery of Rosa Parks. They took part in lots of drama activities to represent Rosa Park's campaign for equality. It was wonderful to hear that the children took their knowledge and understanding and shared it at home. Some of the children even shared their own books from home and read them with the class, supporting our work in remembering and thinking about significant people that have made enormous contributions in making our world a better place for everyone.
Herons at Greenfield
The Herons have read many stories and extracts from different black people who have influenced the world. The whole class found out that Mary Seacole was born in Jamaica more than 200 years ago, during the period when many black people in the Caribbean were forced to work as slaves. They learned that she carried out amazing medical work in the Crimean war, and that she was a brilliant woman who combated the racial prejudice she experienced during her lifetime.
Eagles at Greenfield
The Eagles used Anansi the Spider folk tales from West Africa and the Caribbean as a focus for story writing. They looked on a map, listened and retold stories. They also made their own class story and everyone wrote their own versions. It was interesting to see the embellishments! They also found out about African harvests and looked at a real cassava. Cassava is impossible to peel! BBC Good Food said to buy it ready prepared so they didn't cook it but it was a focus for discussion. The Eagles also studied a range of inspiring black people; Lenny Henry, Ian Wright, Jesse Owens, Mary Seacole, Rosa Parks, Lennox Lewis, Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Hattie McDaniel and Simone Manuel. They also thought about how Marcus Radford, a young footballer, has recently become an MBE for highlighting the need for free school meals to continue during the holidays.